PSHE is a dedicated weekly part of every child’s learning at Blackthorn Primary, from Nursery to Year 6. We understand the importance of a comprehensive and rich PSHE curriculum in supporting children to understand themselves and others effectively. We aspire for our children to become confident, resilience members of their community who have learnt about and nurtured respect for different religions, faiths and beliefs. We aim for our children to become positive change makers in their own lives and the lives of others. Most importantly our curriculum ensures that every child; understands the importance of well-being, knows how to be safe and understands how to live a healthy lifestyle. All of the areas of study below are on an annual cycle and are revisited every year in order to build on and develop knowledge and skills.
Our PSHE curriculum is extensive and tailored to meet the needs of our children in our school community. The overview below shows how the curriculum is structured to robustly cover a wide range of skills and knowledge and goes above and beyond to give the children an excellent foundation for later life.
Our PSHE Curriculum Overview
Jigsaw is the scheme the school uses as the backbone to the PSHE curriculum. This is supplemented with Protective Behaviours work to support children to be safe and National Online Safety units to support children with keeping safe online. Beyond this the school has a comprehensive SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural) Journey, that maps a child's pathway through the school, from Nursery to Year 6, detailing the range of learning, enrichment and experiences every child will be entitled to as they tranisition from one year group to the next.
Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural Learning Journey
Protective Behaviours is a practical approach to personal safety that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem. This is achieved by teaching children to recognise and trust their feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection.
There are two main themes to Protective Behaviors which are taught to every child and valued by every adult:
- We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
- We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small
Protective Behaviours also supports children to identify thier network of people who can be there for them when they need someone to listen and help.